Many paid their tribute by sharing images and sketches to express their anger and grief after a pregnant elephant died in Kerala.
She allegedly ate a pineapple stuffed with fireworks and local forest officials have launched an investigation.
Elephants are just truly one of the most incredible animals to ever walk the Earth.
Just the way they look out and care for one another is tremendous. We could really learn a lot from them.
This video was captured in Kruger National Park in South Africa. The footage shows the baby elephant stuck in a mud bank and the moment the herd rushed over to help this adorable baby up and out. They're family and family means... "no one gets left behind."
Yes, we quoted Lilo & Stitch but it just seemed really appropriate here.
German illustrator Jenny-Jinya is known for her heartbreaking comic strips bringing her fans to tears.
The sensitive artist who made us all cry with her "Good boy" and "Black cat" comics is back with another powerful strip, this time raising awareness of just how cruel and damaging elephant rides can be.
With over 286K followers on Instagram, she manages to show us all that people do care about animal cruelty, abandonment, pollution, and other hardships.
Prepare some tissues.
Willy Thuan is a French photographer who started to travel the world early and never stopped until he settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 25 years, his passion for photography has taken him to every corner of Thailand. He has been a Phuket blogger since January 2011.
One day, during a casual lunch with friends on the Bangtao beach in Phuket, he saw this baby elephant walking towards the water and with the instincts of an experienced photographer, he started taking photos.
On his blog, he recalls that day: "I saw a small elephant walking alone toward the water and I, of course, thought he would stop there and wait. But no, once approaching the sea, he just started to run faster and rammed into the waves like the kid he was! He came in and out several times; his mahout was casually waiting nearby, apparently used to the elephant's behaviour. The elephant suddenly did something hilarious, totally unexpected: he put his head into the sand and pushed himself forward. I happened to carry a 28-300 mm lens on that day, giving me this perspective, and the photo of a lifetime"
There's still a lot of good in this world and if you're in need of some good news today -- you need to watch this video below, shared by Asian News International (ANI), on Twitter.
In Southeast India, a female elephant who was separated from her herd of 18 elephants, got stuck in a deep swamp full of muddy water.
Thankfully, the Indian villagers were up to the tusk as they notified forest officials, police and the fire service who came and brought the necessary tools needed to help this gentle giant.
Badadue Kumar Senapati, the station officer at Uttara Fire Station, told NDTV that the entire operation took them two or three hours to free the elephant.
The huge crowd cheered as they successfully pulled the elephant's hind legs free from the mud, which helped the elephant finally rise and run from the swamp.
Amazing! Copenhagen, Denmark, is buying the last 4 elephants in the country to give them the proper retirement they deserve! Denmark is spending 11 million kroner (or $1.6 million) to make this retirement happen!
As a ban on wild animals in circuses is expected later this year, Food and Fisheries Minister Mogens Jensen said there's no immediate plans as to where they're going to put the newly retired, but applicants are willing to take the gentle giants and provide them proper welfare. Until then, Animal Protection Denmark will be taking care of them.
Benny Berdino, Circus Arena manager, said he was "sad to have to say goodbye" to its elephants, but mostly happy they would get a good retirement.
Happy World Elephant Day! This auspicious day to recognize how much we love these gentle giants of the Savanna, and appreciate the dangers they face from mankind's ever-expanding swathe of deforestation and encroachment into historical habitats for many animals, including elephants of all species and locales. First celebrated in 2012, World Elephant Day is celebrated on August 12th every year. So in honor of this extremely important day, we've put together a list of some interesting facts about these creatures you might not have known.
If you want to get even more background on this day, and why it exists in the first place, you can check out some of these links:
Today is 'World Elephant Day'! In honor of the occasion, we've gathered a few images and a lovely video of the beautiful and intelligent creatures!
If you love elephants and want to do something special for them today, check out World Elephant Day, to find out how you can help!
Born at the Pairi Daiza zoo in Belgium, the adorable baby Asian elephant can be seen wobbling and trying to get her footing as she tries to stand just moments after being born! Rob Conachie, Elephant manager, says the zoo feels "very lucky".
The baby is an Indian elephant which has been listed as endangered since 1986. She has yet to be named.
The last of Africa's big tusker elephants roam in the remote wilderness of Kenya. will Burrard-Lucas in partnership with the Tsavo Trust and the Kenya Wildlife Service, spent months photographing these rare stunning elephant pictures. You can see more of his intimate portraits in his book, Land of Giants. Check out some of the images of these majestic giants below:
Story via The Guardian
A story from 2017, yet is so beautiful that it deserves another round in the spotlight. The village women in a northern city of Mathura, near the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre, have knitted beautiful and colorful garments for the India Elephants when the temperature at night hit sub-zero. Full story at Independent.
Elephants are one of earth's most remarkable and complex animals, but not everyone stops to consider the ways elephants are very human. They are highly intelligent creatures that exist in highly developed familial societies. Elephant social structures are full of rich relationships and interactions, which could lead some people to ask themselves, "are elephants more complex than humans?" Well. will let you decide after reading the following facts. Via: Ranker